As we say goodbye to 2012, we must reflect and pay homage to the players in the entertainment industry that made our hearts go aflutter.
Of COURSE they are talented, of COURSE they are smart …and stuff… but they are definitely not hard on the eyes either.
The fine folks here at Armchair Mogul (and friends) took a vote, and we picked the ten celebs that made us watch just a little bit longer this year!
So sit back and feast your eyes on OUR picks, in our Third Annual Armchair Hottie Awards: Top Ten of 2012! GET IT ON!
Jennifer Lawrence (The Hunger Games, Silver Linings Playbook)
One of her greatest assets is her down to earth nature, and her inability to control her expressions. She feels like “one of us” somehow got famous, and she’s funny about it!
Skip in to about 4:30 in this video to hear her talk about red carpet premieres.
Fun Fact: Jennifer confessed on the ‘Tonight Show’ that she recently rear-ended a family in Georgia because she thought she spotted child star Alana “Honey Boo Boo” Thompson in a parade.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt (The Dark Knight Rises, Looper)
Sometimes it takes a while to appreciate the solid acting chops of someone that you have seen grow up from a “child actor,” but JGL is one of the best actors out there today. The last few years he has been in such solid flicks as Lincoln, Inception, The Dark Knight Rises, and Looper. His humble and down to earth nature off screen makes him that much more attractive.
In case you had any question about how much of a class act this guy is, check out his interview with The Nerdist Podcast. The dude is a total sweetheart.
Fun Fact: Joseph’s older brother Daniel looks EXACTLY like him. Check this out. http://www.thaindian.com/newsportal/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/09b9d29ebf.jpg
Karen Gillan (Dr. Who)
We here at Armchair are quite smitten by the new Dr. Who …and while the jury is still a little mixed about how much we love Matt Smith as the 11th Doctor, there isn’t much denying the hotness of his spazzy red-headed companion Amy Pond.
Unfortunately. Ms. Gillan filmed her last show with the Doctor this season (which was an amazing episode BTW) and her cute little ‘Scottish brogue’ will be missed!
Fun Fact: At two and a half seasons, Karen had the longest run of any companion on the Doctor Who revival series.
Paul Rudd (This is 40, Wanderlust)
Paul Rudd has got the one-two punch of ‘good looks’ and ‘fantastic sense of humor.’ He first came into pop-culture’s collective conscience back in 1995’s Clueless (yes, that was him) and has since starred in many comic staples like Friends, I Love You Man, Anchorman, Parks and Recreation, and The 40 Year Old Virgin.
The man is ridiculously prolific too, having parts in 13 movies and 5 TV series in the last 4 years alone!
Fun Fact: As part of a running gag during his appearances on “Late Night with Conan O’Brien”, Rudd often brought a clip from the film “Mac and Me” where the wheelchair-bound Eric flies off a cliff while Mac watches on, instead of showing clips from the actual movie he is there to promote. The only exception was when he came to promote “Knocked Up.” Judd Apatow showed up specifically to make sure Rudd wouldn’t do it.
Anne Hathaway (The Dark Knight Rises, Les Misérables)
Anne Hathaway has got “Classic Hollywood” good looks.
We have watched her grow from fairly silly roles like The Princess Diaries to her stunning role as Fantine in Les Misérables (which is garnering early Oscar buzz.)
Although we kind of felt The Dark Knight Rises was a little bit of a mess, she filled the role (and costume) of Catwoman perfectly.
Fun Fact: Hathaway accidentally fell off of her chair during her audition for the role of the klutzy princess in “The Princess Diaries.” She was hired on the spot.
Matthew McConaughey (Magic Mike)
Come on, this isn’t even fair.
“Magic Mike’s” milkshake brought ALL the housewives to the yard this year. And Matthew was a ‘ladies favorite.’
McConaughey’s laid back nature and sexy looks have always made the ladies swoon but this year you have to give the guy some credit for the cojones it took to play a 43 year old male stripper in “Magic Mike.”
He was recently quoted “Everybody was pretty damn ripped already, but boy, if you really want to get men in great shape, just tell them they’re going to play male strippers in a movie and have their sh*t onscreen for the rest of time”
Fun Fact: Matthew was strongly considered for some time to play ‘Jack Dawson’ in “Titanic,” until Leonardo DiCaprio decided to accept the part.
Olivia Thirlby (Dredd 3D)
We LOVED Dredd 3D. It was a tragically underrated movie and Olivia Thirlby was fantastic as the psychic rookie Judge Anderson.
She is known to most for the movie Juno, but we were introduced to her in the DREDD role. To see what she looks like in other roles was quite a pleasant surprise. She looks different in every movie, and but beautiful in all.
Fun Fact: Olivia was the runner up to replace Amanda Seyfried in Sucker Punch, but lost out to Emily Browning.
Daniel Craig (Skyfall)
Daniel Craig made us fall in love James Bond again. At first glance, he wouldn’t be what many would consider “classically handsome” but the man has got the swagger, the style and the ‘gravitas’ that makes him dead sexy.
Having a beach body that looks like this at age 44 certainly doesn’t hurt matters at all.
I think he might be trying to tell the paparazzi something.
Fun Fact: Daniel Craig is the first Bond actor to have been born after the Bond series began.
Now you have to see how far you have to scroll down to see Scarlett …before you stop seeing Daniel Craig’s buldge grab
Scarlett Johansson (The Avengers, Hitchcock)
If it were up to us, Scarjo would be on here every year, but one of our few rules for the Armchair Hotties is that the hotties can’t be on the list two years in a row.
Ms. Johansson showed some range this year by scissor kicking us in the heart in “The Avengers” (one of our favorites of the year,) and played actress Janet Leigh in the Hitchcock biopic “Hitchcock.”
Fun Fact: Scarlett auditioned for the role of “Lisbeth Salander” in The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, however, she didn’t get the role because she was considered too attractive for it. We agree.
Bruce Willis (Looper, Expendables 2)
What? A hottie list that isn’t all twenty-somethings? For God’s sake, look at this man…
Bruce Willis is just under 60 years old and we can only DREAM of looking this good …at any age! He has entertained us ever since he ‘Moonlighted’ his way into our lives in the 80’s and with two big hits this year (Looper and Expendables 2), he shows no signs of slowing down.
Mr. Willis also practices proper trigger discipline whilst posing in falling lava.
On February 14, 2013 (Valentine’s Day) release, Willis will reprise his most famous role of John McClane for a fifth time in A Good Day to Die Hard! We can’t wait!
Fun Fact: Has regularly been named on “Best Celebrity Tippers” lists over the years. This is largely due to his early “struggling” waiter/bartender days.
What do you think Moguls? Are we crazy? Are we right? Who did we miss from YOUR list this year? Sound off!